Donald Edward PuotinenDonald Edward Puotinen, 86, of Esko, Minn., died Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet, Minn. Born in 1926 in Thomson Township, Don was the son of Edward and Lempi Puotinen. He served in the United States Army during World War II and fought in Europe during the end of the war from March 1945 to July 1946. Don was a lift operator at Potlatch and retired after 33 years of employment. When his sons were young, Don was very active in Boy Scouts. He had also been an active member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Esko and was a member of American Legion Post 262 in Cloquet for 58 years.